Location/District: My office is in Southaven, MS and I live in downtown Memphis, TN. I am the chapter 7 trustee for several counties in the Northern District of Mississippi
Profession: Attorney - My practice has primarily focused on the representation of debtors in chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases for the past 14 years.
Years serving as a panel Trustee: I was appointed January 8, 2019.
Why did you become a panel trustee? After representing debtors in bankruptcy for several years it was an appealing new challenge.
What were the three most difficult cases you had? So far every case! What made them difficult? Being brand new means every step of the way is a learning process.
If you could do a different job than the one you have without regard to qualifications or financial gain, what would you do? I can think of several options. One is travel writer because I love to travel. Another would be detective because my wife and I are addicted to Investigation Discovery/Dateline type shows but I seriously doubt you see what all goes into that job through those shows.
What is your favorite vacation spot? That’s a tough one! I love going to new places so whenever I get to go to a new spot it usually becomes my favorite, until the next trip.
What is your biggest frustration as a trustee (other than the low no asset fee)? My biggest frustration right now is my lack of experience. I think I was getting spoiled by doing the same thing for so long that I forgot what it was like to learn a whole new area. Thankfully I have great help from other chapter 7 trustees in Mississippi and the NABT listserve.
Who do you want to play you in the movie about your life? My wife likes to say I remind her of Vince Vaughn. I would love to say somebody like Brad Pitt or Idris Elba but in reality it would probably need to be Norm from Cheers.
What is your drink of choice? The drink I choose most is coffee. If you’re talking about a “for pleasure” drink then I’d say whatever the bartender is serving.
What do you think most non-trustees don’t understand about our work? That our goal is not to punish debtors or give debtor attorneys grief.
What would we be surprised to learn about you? My music catalog contains everything from Opera to Tupac to Bluegrass to Widespread Panic.